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  Ficus pumila var. awkeotsang (Makino) Corner
  Family Name : Moraceae

  Synonyms : Antiaris

  Common Names : Jelly Fig

  Chinese Name : 爱玉子

 
Jelly Fig
  • Record Info
  • Life Stage & Characteristics
    • Plant Division :
      Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants) (Dicotyledon)
      Plant Growth Form :
      Climber, Vine & Liana, Shrub (Woody)
      Lifespan (in Singapore) :
      Perennial
      Mode of Nutrition :
      Autotrophic
  • Biogeography
    • Native Distribution :
      Fujian, Taiwan, SE Zhejiang
      Native Habitat :
      Terrestrial
  • Description & Ethnobotany
    • Plant Morphology :
      Growth Form: Climbing fig.
      Foliage: The oblong to ovate leaves of Ficus pumila var. awkeotsang are 7-12 cm long and 3-5 cm wide. The underside of the leaf is covered with short, orangish brown hairs.
      Flowers: The flowers are located inside of the figs.
      Fruits: The fruits of Ficus pumila var. awkeotsang are cylindrical figs (6-8 cm long, 3-4 cm wide). The stalk which bear the fruit is about 1 cm long and thickly covered in hair.
      Ethnobotanical Uses :
      Edible Plant Parts (Edible Fruits)
      Food (Fruit & Vegetable: The seeds of Ficus pumila var. awkeotsang are used to make the ice jelly (Ai Yu Dong), which is popular in Taiwan and Southeast China. First, the fruit is dried inside out. The seeds are removed and rubbed together in mineral water until a gel exudes from the seeds which solidifies the water into jelly. After a couple days, the jelly will revert back to liquid. The jelly is typically eaten on ice with sweetened lime or lemon juice and fruit.)
  • Landscaping Features
    • Desirable Plant Features :
      Ornamental Foliage, Ornamental Fruits
      Plant & Rootzone Preference/Tolerance :
      Well-Drained Soils, Fertile Loamy Soils
      Landscape Uses :
      Parks & Gardens
      Thematic Landscaping :
      Economic Garden
  • Fauna, Pollination & Dispersal
    • Pollination Method(s) :
      Biotic (Fauna) (Insects (Ant, Beetle, Fly, Thrip, Wasp))
  • Plant Care & Propagation
    • Light Preference :
      Full Sun
      Water Preference :
      Moderate Water
      Propagation Method :
      Seed, Stem Cutting
  • Foliar
    • Mature Foliage Colour(s) :
      Green
      Mature Foliage Texture(s) :
      Leathery
      Foliar Type :
      Simple / Unifoliate
  • Fruit, Seed & Spore
    • Mature Fruit Colour(s) [Angiosperms & Gymnosperms] :
      Green
      Mature Fruit Texture(s) :
      Smooth
      Mature Seed Colour(s) :
      Yellow / Golden
      Mature Seed Texture(s) :
      Smooth
      Seed Quantity per Fruit :
      Numerous (>20)
The information given on this website has been compiled from reference works on medicinal plants and/or pron only. It is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment and NParks does not purport to provide any medical advice. Reliance on this information is strictly at your own risk. You should always consult your physician before using or consuming a plant for medicinal purposes.

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